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Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt Strawberry

The Stonyfield’s Strawberry Oikos is rich and creamy with fresh tasting strawberry jam on the bottom for a stir in. Lives up the the standards of the Oikos name. Winner all around. One of my favorite flavored Greek yogurts because the strawberry flavor is fresh and not artificial tasting at all. Thick and creamy as always. Keep these delicious flavors coming out. May I suggest pineapple for a new flavor?

One 5.3 oz cup serving is 120 calories, 2 WW, no fat, no cholesterol, 80 milligram of sodium, 190 milligram of potassium, 16 grams of carbohydrates, no dietary fiber, 16 grams of sugar and 13 grams of protein.

As some of you may know, I tend to strain my own Greek yogurt from regular plain non-fat yogurts since I find it much cheaper that way. I normally just strain the yogurt overnight in a coffee filter, but there was one time where I was away for a few days and left the yogurt in the fridge, still straining for approximately 3 days. I came home to a wonderful surprise because A LOT of liquid came out and the yogurt became  super thick — like soft cream cheese. It even had a faint cream cheese taste to it too and it was absolutely DELICIOUS. Did I just make yogurt cheese by accident? I have been enjoying my yogurt a lot that way lately. Curiosity struck me and I wondered what would happened if I strain Greek yogurt instead. Will any liquid come out since Greek yogurt is already strained?

I did exactly that and strain 1 container (5.3 oz) of strawberry Oikos overnight in a coffee filter. Only a little bit of liquid came out and it was not as thick as I had hoped. Next time I might consider straining it for a few days. Will I get instant strawberry “cheesecake” that way?

I had hoped for instant strawberry “cheesecake”, but that was not what I got, just a slightly thicker version of strawberry Oikos, but it was much tarter than usual. I wanted cheesecake and I wanted it BAD so I made my own version with what I had lying around the house. A packet of stevia, some fat-free cream cheese, a bag of Annie’s Bunny Grahams plus some strained strawberry Oikos = some delicious strawberry cheesecake tarts. The stevia compensates for the tartness of the strained yogurt, the fat-free cream cheese compensates for actual “cheese taste” in cream cheese, and I picked Annie’s Bunny Grahams because it taste good and does not have trans fat like most other graham crackers on the market.

Lazy Strawberry Cheesecake Recipe:

– 1 container (5.3 oz) Strawberry Oikos
–  4 tablespoon of Fat Free Cream Cheese
–  1 bag (28g) of Annie Bunny Grahams
– 1 packet of Stevia (or any sweetener of your choice)
–  Optional: Garnish with slices of fresh strawberries

Directions: Strap a coffee filter over a large mug with a rubber band. Empty Contents into the coffee filter. Cover the mug with saran wrap and let sit in the fridge overnight.

Next day, mix in 4 tablespoon of room temperature fat-free cream cheese with the strained strawberry Oikos and the packet of stevia until evenly blended.

For the crust, pulverize the Annie’s Bunnie Grahams in a ziplock bag with a rolling pin. A of can soup or a jar of salsa will work if you do not have a rolling pin. Split the “crust dust” into 2 silicone bake cups and smooth it out. Next, split the cream cheese and strawberry Oikos mixture into the two cups as well.

Freeze for a hour. Remove from silicone cup and place them on a pretty plate. Garish with 1/2 a slice of fresh strawberry on each if desire when ready to serve. Let sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes for a slightly less frozen texture.

Recipe makes two servings and is approximately 145 calories per serving.

Calorie Breakdown:
1 Strawberry Oikos Strained: approx 110 calories or less
1 bag (28g) of Annie’s Bunny Grahams : 120 calories
4 tablespoon fat-free cream cheese: 60 calories
1 packet Stevia: 0 calories
1 Medium Strawberry (optional): 4 calories

Consider this as my official entry for the Stonyfield Oikos contest

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Retails: $1.99 per 5.3 oz cup @ Whole Foods
My Cost: Free (w/ coupon from Stonyfield representative)
Calories: 110 per 5.3 oz cup
WW: 2

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Clif Kid Z-Bar Spooky S’mores

Picture 213By now I am sure most of your have seen these Clif kid Organic Z bars in Spooky S’mores floating around. Halloween has come and gone so if you are after the seasonal Spooky S’mores, go grab them quick or else you will have to wait another year. These are seriously hard to track down. So far, I have only seen these at 1 Whole Foods. It was a glorious stand dedicated to this exclusive flavor alone. I couldn’t help myself and grabbed 1/2 a dozen for fear they will soon be gone. They are after-all — seasonal.

This is your basic Clif Kid Z bar made with organic oats, wholesome ingredients and 12 essential vitamins and minerals for healthy kids to thrive. I eat kids food. No shame here. The top part has just the right amount of chocolate frosting that makes these bars delicious and pretty to eat. The inside is embedded with tiny little marshmallows. Nice little campfire treat minus the guilt. When you warm it up in the microwave, this truly becomes “s’more-licious.” The chocolate and the marshmallows become melty and gooey. The texture of the bar is very “soft-baked cookie-like” which makes this an irresistible snack for kids as well as adults. All that yumminess for 130 calories, preportioned so you don’t over indulge.

Best of all, you know there are no high fructose corn syrup, no hydrogenated oils, no preservative, and no artificial flavors in these organic whole grain energy bars for kids. Wished people were passing these out instead of candies on Halloween. I would be the first to put on a costume and go trick-or-treating myself!

Nutrition: Each bar is 130 calories, 2 WW, 3.5 grams of fat of which 1 gram is saturated, no cholesterol, 75 milligram of sodium, 75 milligram of potassium, 23 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of dietary fiber , 11 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.

Other seasonal Clif Bar items are back too. See if you can spot the Cranberry Orange Nutbread, Spiced Pumpkin Pie, and Iced Gingerbread on your next shopping trip.  Noticeably missing is the Pear Strudel from last year, may you RIP.

Retails: $0.69 each 1.27 oz bar @ Whole Foods
My Cost: Free (from Clif Bar & Company representative)
Calories: 130 each bar
WW: 2

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Kashi TLC Original 7 Grain Crackers

Kashi7GrainChecking back to my previous posts, it has been about 11 months since I had my first ever box of Kashi TLC crackers which was the Fire Roasted Vegetable. I almost forgot how much I loved the Kashi TLC crackers. Don’t get me wrong, I love Kashi and have been trying out numerous of their products this past year, but I seem to have neglected my all time favorite “soup cracker.” If you have not notice, soup season is officially on. Drinking soup for a meal is often too light for me, so I like a piping bowl of soup with a side of satisfying crackers. No more saltines or oyster crackers for me since I discovered Kashi TLC crackers. This time, I picked up the Kashi TLC Original 7 Grain. The crackers are nice little rectangles, which are dense and packed with whole grains. At times, there are some hard pieces of gain in there too. Delicious and hearty without all the fancy flavors, just a pure taste of the mix of whole grains. The small surface area of these crackers does not give much room for toppings, but Kashi has “party size” crackers for those occasions. These small size TLC are great to enjoy along with some soup or dip into hummus, salsa or guacamole. I know you can get it much cheaper when they are on sale at grocery store, but my trusty Trader Joe’s always carries them at a low everyday price of $2.79.

No Hydrogenated Oils ~ Zero Grams Trans Fat ~ All Natural

Other Kashi TLC crackers to consider are: Country Cheddar, Fire Roasted Vegetable, Honey Sesame and Toasted Asiago.

One serving of 30 grams (about 15 crackers) is 130 calories, 2 WW, 3 grams of fat, no cholesterol, 160 milligram of sodium, 22 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 3 grams of sugar, and 3 grams of protein.

Original 7 Grain TLC crackers have heavenly taste you can feel good about, because they’re full of whole grain goodness with zero grams of the trans and saturated fat you don’t want. Original 7 Grain TLC crackers are our wholesome combination of oats, hard red winter wheat, rye, long grain brown rice, triticale, barley, buckwheat, and sesame seeds. We think you’ll love our tasty little crackers.

Retails: $2.79 per 9 oz box @ Trader Joe’s
My Cost: $2.79
Calories: 130 per serving (30 grams)
WW: 2

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Kashi TLC Oatmeal Raisin Flax

KashiOatmealRaisinIt is rare that I am disappointed with a Kashi product. The only reason stopping me from trying these out earlier is because of the price factor. These delicious Kashi TLC do not come cheap — retailing over $3.00 a box at most stores. I picked up the Oatmeal Raisin Flax variety when I spotted them on sale at Target for $2.99.  I was happy that I finally get to try it out. The picture on from of the box is a really accurate depiction of what the cookie really looks like in terms  texture. Visible raisins, whole flax seeds, oats, and walnuts are visible throughout the cookie. The texture isn’t really chewy, more like crumbly. It crumbles easily like a soft home-baked creation. With so many ingredients going on, this is not your standard oatmeal raisin cookie. Besides omega-3, the whole flax seeds added a little bit of a gritty texture to the cookie which I am fine with. I like to chew. Considering the size of the cookie, all the ingredients made it seem like a party mix into a cookie — a delicious cookie. Warm it up in the microwave and it tastes even better. The actual size of the cookie fits on the palm of my hands and is about 1/2 an inch thick and is slightly smaller than the cookie shown on the front in terms of the circumference. The inside packaging is a try with 2 sections, 4 cookies in each section. Foil packaging on the inside to keep the cookies fresh. The front of the box boasts: 600 milligram of Omega-3, 4 grams of fiber, 7 grams of whole grains.  Other flavors include Happy Trail Mix and Oatmeal Dark Chocolate. One serving is 130 calories, 2 WW, 5 grams of fat (0.5 gram saturated), no cholesterol, 75 milligram of sodium, 20 gram of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber, 8 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein.

With decadent flavors and textures, our new TLC® Tasty Little Cookies show that snacking can be tasty, indulgent, and have nutrition you can feel great about. Our cookies combine our signature Seven Whole Grain blend with hearty, natural ingredients such as peanuts, raisins, sunflower seeds, cranberries, walnuts, shredded coconut, flax seeds, and dark chocolate. The result is a delicious chewy cookie that has a home-baked taste.

Our Oatmeal Raisin Flax cookie boasts 600 mg of Omega-3s, which come from flax seeds and walnuts.

No Hydrogenated Oil ~ Zero Grams Trans Fat ~ All Natural


Retails: $3.54 per box of 8 @ Target
My Cost: $2.99 on sale
Calories: 130 each
WW:2

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Silk Heart Health Vanilla Soymilk

Picture 086As many of you may have seen already, Silk Soymilk recently launched their a new product called Silk Hearth Health in the flavor vanilla. The website boasts lots of heart-healthy benefits from drinking soymilk. Read about it below:

A recent study found that people who enjoyed three servings of Silk Heart Health per day for four weeks, as part of a sensible diet, lowered their cholesterol by 7%.

Silk Heart Health is the first U.S. soymilk to offer the combined benefit of two proven heart-health ingredients.1

  • Soy Protein-a perfect, natural protein recognized by the FDA for its role in heart health.
  • Pytosterol-a naturally sourced plant ingredient that also carries the FDA heart-health claim.

From diet and exercise to stress and sleep, every lifestyle choice you make can have an impact on your heart. With clinically shown benefits from two proven ingredients, Silk Heart Health is a natural choice for heart-health confidence you can feel.

1A serving of Silk Heart Health provides .65 grams of phytosterols and 6.25 grams of soy protein, both of which are recognized by the FDA as heart-healthy when included in a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol. Foods containing at least 0.4 grams per serving of phytosterols, enjoyed twice a day with meals for a daily total intake of at least 0.8 grams, may reduce the risk of heart disease. 25 grams of soy protein per day may also reduce your risk.

Silk Heart Health

Not much of a milk drinker myself, but I have to have some around for oatmeal and coffee. I like the vanilla flavor because it makes my oats and coffee taste better. The milk itself is smooth and creamy. Not thick. Great soy and vanilla flavor. Taste sweet, but not sickeningly so.  When I use it I tend to add less sweetener in my oats and coffee. Calorie-wise, it is comparable to the light variety of Silk Soymilk.  One serving of 1 cup is 80 calories, 2 WW, 1.5 grams of fat (1 gram PUFA & 0.5 gram MUFA), no cholesterol, 95 milligram of sodium, 300 milligram of potassium, 10 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 7 grams of sugar, and 6 grams of protein.  It is also fortified with vitamins and minerals as well. Vitamin A 10%, Calcium 30%, Iron 6%, Vitamin D 30%, Riboflavin 30%, Folate 6%, Vitamin B12 50%, Magnesium 10%, Zinc 4%, Selenium 8%. *Percent daily value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Find some Silk Soymilk here.

INGREDIENTS: ALL NATURAL SOYMILK (FILTERED WATER, SOY FLOUR), ALL NATURAL EVAPORATED CANE JUICE, PLANT STEROLS, CALCIUM CARBONATE, NATURAL VANILLA FLAVOR, SEA SALT, CARRAGEENAN, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, VITAMIN D2, RIBOFLAVIN (B2), VITAMIN B12.

Giveaway:
I have a few coupons left for a giveaway thanks to lovely PR people. Three winners will be selected to win 2 coupons each good for a FREE 1/2 gallon of Silk Heart Health (plus a stash of other coupons I have on hand). Enter 4 ways. Leave a comment for each entry. Ends 10/20/2009 12:00 AM PST.

1) Leave a comment and tell me how you would use Silk Heart Health.
2) RT “@theskinnyplate is having a @Silksoymilk Heart Health giveaway
http://bit.ly/114bnL” (comment with link)
3) Follow me @theskinnyplate & @Silksoymilk on twitter (leave a separate comment telling me you did)
4) Link back to my giveaway if you have a blog or e-mail 5 friends about my giveaway (leave a comment telling me you did)

Retails: $3.69 per 1/2 gallon @ Whole Foods
My Cost: Free
Calories: 80 per cup
WW: 2

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Wildwood Organics Blueberry Probiotic Soyogurt

IMG_0616Besides healthy and beneficial probioctic soymilk ahd hummus, Wildwood Organics also make soyogurt which is Organic Probiotic Soy Yogurt with live and active cultures. Soyogurt flavors included: Unsweetened Plain, Blueberry, Peach, Vanilla, Strawberry, and Raspberry. I got the chance to try out the low-fat blueberry probiotic soyogurt.

Purplish blueberry color with a blueberry speckles throughout the cup. I did come across 1 whole blueberry in the mix. Smells like a blueberry yogurt. The consistency is pretty thick and creamy for a standard non-Greek yogurt which is probably due to the fact that this is low-fat and not non-fat. This is my first soy yogurt ever and I could not tell it is a soy yogurt if someone gave it to me in an unmarked bowl. Tasted sweet like normal yogurt. I had to to try really hard to taste the soy flavor. I could not taste the “tart and tangy” taste from the probiotics like I did with the probiotic soymilk and probiotic hummus.  I really like the 5 grams of fiber in there. This is low-fat, and not non-fat, so it was rich and creamy.

One 6 oz cup is 150 calories, 2 WW, 3 grams of fat, no cholesterol, 40 milligram of sodium, 240 milligram of potassium, 26 grams of carbohydrates, 5 grams of dietary fiber, 16 grams of sugar, and 5 grams of protein.

From the Container:

The only Soy Yogurt made in a non-dairy plant.
100% U.S Grown Organic Soybeans. The majority of which are grown less than 100 miles from out Soyogurt plant.
Free of Dairy, Eggs & Gluten
Vegan & Kosher
210 mg Omega-3
55 mg Choline

If you are lactose intolerant, gluten sensitive or vegan and love yogurt, get this and you will not be disappointed. I would hoard this stuff if I had a dietary restriction like that. The unsweetened plain is excellent for those who don’t want too much sugar in their diet. No sugar-added.

Want to try some Wildwood Organics products? There are many coupons on their site. Check it out here.

Retails: $0.99 per 6 oz cup @ Whole Foods
My Cost: Free
Calories: 150 per cup
WW: 2

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Wildwood Organics Priobitic Hummus Spicy Cayenne

IMG_0606Following the probiotic trend, I sampled the Wildwood Organics Probiotic Hummus in Spicy Cayenne. They were not kidding when they say this is spicy. I got the initial mouth burn from the spice and then it sort of mellowed down while I ate it. When I was done, the mouth burning sensation lingered for a bit.  I can taste a little hint of the “probioticness” in the hummus because it had a little “probiotic soymilk” taste to it. Smooth, but not as creamy as I had hoped. The texture and the color reminds me of baby food — pureed carrots to be exact. One serving of 2 tablespoon (28g) is 70 calories, 2 WW, 5 grams of fat (0.5 gram saturated), no cholesterol, 95 milligram of sodium, 3 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 1 gram of sugar and 1 gram of protein. This product is Organic, Vegan, Kosher and contains live and active cultures. Ingredients: Fresh Cooked Garbanzo Beans* (Garbanzo*, water), Canola Oil*, Tahini*, Garlic*, Spices*, Sea Salt, Lemon or Lime Concentrate*, Cayenne Pepper*, Active Cultures (L. acidophilus, Bfidobacterium ssp., L casei) *Organic.

The Live Food Advantage — Promoting Healthy Digestion.

Creamy, Smooth & Full of Flavor Promoting Healthy Digestion
Contains Probiotic Cultures
Cooking Fresh Garbanzo Beans Since 1980

Other flavors that might interest you include: Classic, Indian Spice, Low Fat Classic, Raspberry Chipotle, and Roasted Red Pepper — all organic and probiotic of course. Probiotics in hummus, yogurt and soymilk now, I wonder what they will come up with next.

Retails: N/A (will update when I find out)
My Cost: Free
Calories: 70 per 2 tbsp
WW: 2

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